WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – One bus driver was fired and another placed on administrative leave after incidents involving students in Waterloo, according to KCCI-TV. The fired driver failed to check the bus Tuesday and left a 6-year-old boy alone for nearly two hours inside the vehicle at the bus yard. An employee found the boy sleeping on the bus after frantic calls from his mother. In the other incident, a 9-year-old girl with autism was taken from a school program to her home Monday instead being taken to a YWCA for daycare. The girl then crossed two busy streets as she walked to a store, where she was found in an aisle, playing with toys.
DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The attempted use of a counterfeit bill led to a police chase on Wednesday in Dubuque, according to KCRG-TV. Three men from Milwaukee were arrested. The Dubuque Police Department received a report of an attempt to use a fake $100 bill at Kohl’s. An officer wearing plainclothes made contact with the suspect as he entered his vehicle. He and two passengers then fled in the vehicle, allegedly driving recklessly. A chase ensued, and stop sticks were deployed to bring the chase to an end.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Animal Rescue League rescued cats on Wednesday from a hoarding case in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports Animal Control Services were on site for the fourth hoarding case the ARL has been involved with in 10 weeks. So far 32 cats have been rescued, but ARL officials are working to capture more.
CHARLES CITY, IA (IRN) – The Charles City Police Department has confirmed it’s investigating a report of its police dog attacking someone at the home where the dog lives. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the incident happened on June 25 involving the dog named “Jordy” and a person at the house.
IOWA (IRN) – Iowa’s controversial use of private insurers to run its Medicaid program just got $386 million more expensive. The Des Moines Register reports that’s how much more state and federal money Iowa officials have agreed to pay through this fiscal year for two national companies to manage the giant health care program.